Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, wants to bring two UK residents into her sex abuse trial, including the former aide to her Royal Lowness who may have “relevant information” about the relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In a court filing on Friday, Giuffre’s lawyers asked British authorities to allow them to depose the aide, Robert Olney, as well as a person named Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen Prince Andrew with a young girl in a box night in London at the time where Giuffre claims she was abused by him.
The filing does not seek depositions from anyone in the royal family or from Andrew himself. A spokesman for Giuffre’s lawyers did not immediately respond when asked if they intended to file other UK residents in the suit.
Olney is listed in Epstein’s infamous “black book”, leading Giuffre’s lawyers to believe he may have known Giuffre during his employment with Andrew.
Andrew, 61, claimed he could not remember ever meeting Giuffre.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth stripped the prince of his military and royal titles as news the suit would go ahead made waves in the UK.
“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said of the 61-year-old prince.
In a proposed letter that explains what they seek from a deposition with Olney, attorneys for Giuffre wrote, “Any communication with or regarding Plaintiff, as Defendant asserts that he has never met Plaintiff and does not never sexually abused her.”
The legal team is asking for Walker’s testimony because she claimed to have seen Andrew inside Tramp Nightclub with a young woman around the same time. Giuffre claims she was abused by the royal after visiting the nightclub.
“Because Prince Andrew denied ever meeting the claimant or being at Tramp Nightclub during the relevant period, Ms Walker’s testimony is highly relevant,” attorney Sigrid McCawley wrote.
Giuffre claims in the lawsuit that Andrew sexually assaulted her three times when she was a teenager and fell under the thumb of Epstein and his convicted cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The prince had sex with her in London, New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island, according to the suit. Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The proposed depositions are the latest development in the explosive civil lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York.
Earlier this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled the lawsuit could go ahead after Andrew’s lawyers asked that it be dismissed on a number of grounds.
At a hearing earlier this month, Andrew’s lawyer argued that a settlement agreement signed between Giuffre and Epstein in 2009 barred her from taking legal action against him.
The settlement agreement barred any legal action against “other potential defendants” – but the language was far too vague and ambiguous to dismiss the case, the judge ruled.